Thought For The Day by Al Boulden

James 1:13  “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone,”

Temptation is real, and we should be prepared to stand firm against it.  Temptation is a result of sin nature and/or ploys of the devil.  The best way to exhibit faith in the Lord is resisting these lures.  We need not resist on our own.  God gives us the Holy Spirit and a cast of angels to fight.  Draw to Scripture, such as the one above, and pray to Almighty God for vision to see past the temptation.  God also gives fellow Believers who will pray and encourage when we share these weak moments.  Never keep temptation a secret.  Satan loves to isolate those he tempts. The Lord will sustain those who resist in His name, allowing a joy that far surpasses the short term pleasure from any temptation.  Remember that temptations are not lasting….That’s true of the tempt as well as the pleasure from the tempt.  Victory over temptation is a sign of maturity in God and walking this road leads to abundant living and true joy.

Lord, thank You for the power to overcome temptation.  Keep us mindful that we cannot do it alone.  Thank You for the Holy Spirit, the power of prayer and fellow Believers who stand strong with us against ungodliness.

Resist temptation today.